Community Notebook

Railroad crossings closed this week

The CSX railroad will close the railroad crossings on Matthews Road in the town of Portland and Cen-tral Avenue in the village of Brocton from today to Friday for repair work.

Ripley school board meeting Thursday

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Ripley Central School Dis-trict will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Elemen-tary Library, of the Ripley Central School, for the purpose of any and all items that come before the board.

Brocton Universal

pre-k and kindergarten registration under way

The Brocton Central School District announces that registration for pre-kindergarten children who will turn 4 years old on or before Dec. 1, 2013, is in progress. Registration for kindergarten children who will turn 5 years old on or before Dec. 1, 2013, is also in progress.

Kindergarten and pre-kindergarten registration are critical pieces of the school enrollment process. Parents are asked to call or stop by the elementary school office to enroll their children and request a registration packet.

Parents will need to provide the school with several important items when registering their children: proof of residency (utility bill or rent receipt), each child’s birth certificate, their children’s immunization records and the completed pre-kindergarten or kindergarten packet forms and materials.

Contact the Brocton Elementary Office at 792-2100 to request a registration packet for either pre-k or kindergarten.

Lakeshore Humane Society to hold annual Giant Yard Sale

The Lakeshore Humane Society will hold its annual Giant Yard Sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Floral Hall at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds on Central Ave. in Dunkirk. Hot dogs will be sold both days from noon to 3 p.m. There will also be a bake sale and raffles. The event will benefit orphaned animals in need of permanent, loving homes.

Items to be contributed to the yard sale can be dropped off at Floral Hall Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Items such as clothing, large appliances, metal bed springs, encyclopedias, magazines, or electronics such as TVs, computer monitors, towers and printers will not be accepted. Call 672-1991 or go to for more information.

October fest car show Oct. 13

Southern Tier Classic Chevy Club and Peek n’ Peak Resort and Spa are co-hosting an annual October Fest car show on Oct. 13.

Located at Peek n’ Peak Ski Resort on Olde Road in Findley Lake, this car show proves to be one of the largest shows around in the tri-state area, often drawing more than 600 cars, trucks and motorcycles.

Gates open at 9 a.m. with a $5 gate registration fee, goody bags and dash plaque to the first 300 vehicles. There is show car and spectator parking, but early arrival is recommended.

The event will include door prizes, live music all day, People’s Choice trophies at 4 p.m. and one Best in Show sponsored by “The Peak.”

These proceeds benefit Shriners Hospital for Children in Erie, Pa., Last year’s gift totaled $2,000.

For more information, call 763-8659 or 763-6963.

Non-credit courses set for JCC North start in September

Non-credit courses for personal and professional enrichment begin in September at Jamestown Community College’s North County Center in Dunkirk.

Computer-related courses include: Computer Basics for Lifelong Learning, 9 a.m.-noon, Sept. 20, $34; Introduction to Word Processing Using MS Word Part I, 9 a.m.-noon, Sept. 11, $34; Introduction to Word Processing Using MS Word Part II, 9 a.m.-noon, Sept. 25, $34; Introduction to Spreadsheets Using MS Excel, Part I, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sept. 14 and 21, $70; Easy Website Design, 6-8 p.m., Sept. 24 and 26 ($79); and Photoshop Elements, 6-9 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 10-19, $115.

Personal enrichment courses include: Drawing 101, 6-8:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Sept. 18-Oct. 23, $85; Mat Pilates, 7-8 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 10-Dec. 5, $120, 7-8 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 10-Dec. 3, $60, or 7-8 p.m., Thursdays, Sept. 12-Dec. 5, $60; and Memory Care Options, 3:30-5 p.m., Sept. 26, $29.

Career enrichment courses include: Notary Public Workshop, 9 a.m.-noon, Sept. 9, $80; Leadership Fundamentals: Engaging and Motivating, 1-3 p.m., Sept. 6 and 13, $72; Building Creative Teams, 1-3 p.m., Sept. 20 and 27, $72; Barrier Precautions, 1-4 p.m., Sept. 18, $30; and Professional Sensitivity Training, 1-3 p.m., Sept. 26, $29.

A point/insurance reduction course is offered from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Sept. 21. The fee is $35.

To register, or for more information on a course, call JCC, 363-6500, or visit